Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972; Lovett, Robert A. (Robert Abercrombie), 1895-1986; McDonald, James G. (James Grover), 1886-1964
Cabinet meetings; Arab-Israeli relations; International relations; Foreign aid

Cabinet Meeting Minutes, December 31, 1948. Matthew J. Connelly Papers - Notes on Cabinet Meetings II.

CABINET MEETNG, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1948

10:00

THE PRESIDENT

Asked Lovett what was new in Israeli.

LOVETT

Sent message to McDonald our representative in Israeli - instructing him to convey our protests and to warn the Jews of the British treaty which would bring British troops into conflict if Egyptian borders have been violated.

In China Communists are still showing more strength. The indications are that Nanking will capitulate soon. If Communist Govt takes over, U.S. aid should be discontinued. ECA supplies - food & medicine - which have been moved into interior of China will have to go by the boards if Communists take over. It will be difficult to get supplies in ports back on ships. Supplies afloat can be diverted.

10:23